It’s not exactly the most auspicious way to start the season, but let the madness begin…
To be blunt, the next Trigger series I like (hopefully it’s Kiznaiver) will be the first. Little Witch Academia was pleasant in a tissue-thin way, but this studio has done nothing to impress me. And the next Imaishi Hiroyuki series I like will be the first since Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann. Either he’s totally lost his magic or my taste has really changed, but for me, the Imaishi act wore thin a long time ago and it’s just getting more grating all the time.
Uchuu Patrol Luluco is the series he’s chosen to write and co-direct this season, and at 7:50 I think it’s about three minutes too long. If you’ve seen anything Imaishi has done starting with Panty & Stocking you know the drill here – a lot of manic noise that amounts to little, juvenile fanservice, and whatever passes for science-fiction in Imaishi’s mind these days. It’s not terrible but it’s not really funny either, and like most of what Trigger has done (apart from LWA, which was externally funded) it looks cheap. I’ll watch one more episode since the real plot doesn’t seem to have started yet, but this looks like a throwaway.
One might reasonably wonder why Imaishi would choose to make this series as opposed to something meatier and full-length. Maybe he really hates Kinznaiver’s premise, but it’s interesting to note that Trigger’s publicity department has been stoking rumors that Imaishi is going to do either another TTGL series/movie, or at least something TTGL-like. I love TTGL and it doesn’t strike me that it needs a sequel (are they going to cash in on every classic Gainax property?), and more importantly I no longer trust Imaishi not to fuck it up. But I suppose one could optimistically say maybe that would snap him out of his creative coma. Space Patrol Luluco sure hasn’t.